Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Part-time)


This is a three-year part-time programme which provides master-level Clinical Psychologists with advanced academic and clinical training to raise their standards of clinical and academic competence. The programme includes advanced clinical courses and practical training, in addition to the requirement of a clinical thesis research.

Admission Requirement

In addition to the general qualifications, all applicants must also fulfil the "English Language Proficiency Requirement" as stipulated by the Graduate School before being considered for admission. Please refer to the "Postgraduate Prospectus" or Homepage issued by the Graduate School for details on these requirements.

Besides, all applicants should

  1. possess a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology; and
  2. have eligibility for membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Hong Kong Psychological Society.


  • Knowledge of spoken Cantonese and written Chinese are required (Courses are taught in Cantonese and English).

Additional Application Information

In addition to the general application materials, all applicants should submit a thesis proposal in English (2,500 words or above).

Coursework Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 25 units of courses for graduation, which include 19 units of required course and 6 units of Advanced Practicum.

(a) Required Courses:    
  PSYC6010, 7030, 7040, 7050, 7100, 7230, 7231, 7910, 7920   19 units
(b) Practical Training    
  PSYC7240, 7250   3 units
  Students are required to complete 6 units of Advanced Practicum which amount to 150-200 days of supervised practical training in selected area(s) of specialties.
Those with at least 3 years of relevant working experience can apply for exemption of Advanced Practicum.
  Total: 25 units

Qualifying Examination

Students are required to fulfill the PsyD candidature by passing one of the following candidacy assessment procedures:

(1) Obtain a "B" grade or above in the courses of PSYC6010 (Seminar in Research Methods II) and PSYC7030 (Clinical Psychology Advanced Workshops I). Students who opt for this assessment procedure for establishing their PsyD candidacy are still required to pass the written examination as stated in (2) within their study period for graduation;
(2) Pass a written examination which consists of a written review paper and an oral examination. Students are required to do a review-type paper (literature review, including ideally a meta-analysis if feasible) of approximately 6,000 words in main text (around 30 pages double-spaced) on a topic related to clinical psychology as approved by their supervisor. Students are also required to pass an oral examination on this review.
A student will be asked to retake the examination if he/she fails the examination for the first time. A student, however, will be asked to withdraw from the programme if he/she has failed the examination for the second time.

Thesis Proposal and Defense Meeting

After passing the candidacy assessment, students can proceed to take the two thesis research courses, PSYC7230 and PSYC7231. Students are also required to submit a thesis proposal and pass a thesis proposal defense meeting no later than 30 May of second year of studies.

Other Requirements

  1. Students are required to submit a dissertation and pass an oral examination for graduation.
  2. Students are required to complete an Improving Postgraduate Learning (IPL) course on "Observing Intellectual Property and Copyright Law during Research" This will be an online module and relevant information can be accessed from the website: www.cuhk.edu.hk/clear/pointer/ipl.html
  3. A student who receives two (or more) grades D or below will be asked to discontinue studies.

Career Prospects

Graduate students of this programme have been employed as clinical psychologists in

  • Department of Health,
  • Hospital Authority,
  • Correctional Services Department,
  • Hong Kong Police,
  • Social Welfare Department, and
  • other non-government organizations.